Advice to parents during school closures
Being out of school for an unknown length of time, with reduced access to outdoors, alternative facilities and social connections, is likely to be difficult for many children. This may also bring wider family stresses, particularly for those living in close proximity or overcrowded homes.
Adults will need to be aware of signs of stress in themselves and their children. Some may share worries verbally, but others may show it through their behaviours (e.g., withdrawing and / or ‘acting out’).
Some older children may be able to regulate their worries or independently access resources to support with this and younger children may need adults to help them make sense of their feelings and reduce stress. Exercise (whilst social distancing), art, music and other creative activities can be helpful, as well as using some relaxation strategies together.